What you need to know for Draft Day for the 2010 NFL season

It is the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, I am singing Christmas carols. Because draft day is my Christmas.

I dare you to name one better, more exciting day for a football fan.

But Ravens fans, there are a few things you need to know before the draft starts  up tonight at 7:30 p.m.

First, this years draft has been changed up a bit. Where it once used to be held on one day, all day long on Saturday, it has been changed to tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the first round.

The NFL draft for the 2010 season is going to be prime time over the next three days.

Then tomorrow, Friday 23 at 6 p.m., the second and third rounds will be chosen. Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. rounds 4-7 will be announced.

How will this new time schedule effect the draft? Will there be more trading down?—there is definitely going to be less sleep for owners, players and agents, that’s for sure.

Before the draft gets started, Baltimore know what is on the table in front of us.

Keep in mind that the Ravens have the fewest draft picks among AFC North teams this year with just five selections.

Those picks are: first round (25th overall), second round (57th), fifth round (156th and 157th) and sixth round (194th).

The Ravens traded their third- and fourth-round picks to Arizona for receiver Anquan Boldin and their seventh-round pick went to Tampa Bay in a 2009 trade for defensive end Marques Douglas.

Knowing that, what are the options thus far?

From Ozzie Newsome history, I can see him trading  his first round pick tonight to grab another 2nd rounder. With a few choices in the 2nd round, Ozzie will sleep well tonight knowing he has some power tomorrow.

(Click here are some of the Ravens pick ups over the past few drafts.)

If he keeps that first rounder, there have been talks about picking up TE Jermaine Gresham from Oklahoma.

Another option many people on ESPN have been saying is Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

As Sports Illustrated’s Peter King said on Thomas: “Anquan Boldin. Donte’ Stallworth. Thomas. Talk about rebuilding the weakest point of a playoff team.”

But what the Ravens could use is some more defensive players. They have not drafted any big defensive players since Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs.

I personally hope to see a DE (defensive end) or DT (defensive tackle) and a CB (cornerback).

The Ravens lost a lot of their D-line during free agency, so drafting some more players that can control and need players that will rush the pass line to really solidify the Ravens defense and keep it the strong-hold it is known throughout the NFL to be.

Possible predictions?

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick from Penn State.  Odrick was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

“A stop-gap defensive tackle who can play right away makes sense…is a tireless worker who could play either inside or outside at the next level. His professionalism and on-field production fits the character of the business-like Baltimore defense,” Peter Schrager from FoxSports.com said.

As far as DT’s go, the Ravens will be needing one since Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards will be playing for other teams in 2010 and Kelly Gregg turns 34 next season.

While I do like Odrick and would not be disappointed in a pick up of this player from PSU, I would absolutely love to see Terence Cody from Alabama be drafted to the Ravens.

Mount Cody is sick. He is huge. And he would be a great asset to our defense. “But the Ravens solidify their run defense for years and pair Haloti Ngata with a big-time anchor,” said Jamison Hensley from the Baltimore Sun.

For CB, picking up Devin McCourty from Rutgers is also a possibility.

The Baltimore Sun’s Keith Van Valkenburg: “Other than offense, what were the things that plagued the Ravens the most last year? Covering wide receivers and special teams. McCourty can provide help in both those areas. He’s smart, aggressive and athletic. I’m convinced the Ravens suspect, internally, that Lardarius Webb will begin the year on the PUP list, no matter what they say publicly.”

Still, some others are still projecting more offensive players. A WR (wide receiver) from South Florida, Carlton Mitchell is a projected 2nd round pick whom the Ravens have expressed some interest in as well (though I see him going to Carolina).

What are your predictions?

If I had to guess at all of these options, I think the Ravens will trade down and grab some extra picks in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

There is a lot of talent in this years draft–trading down wouldn’t hurt at all. **History–look at what trading down did for our current QB status.

If they stayed put, a safe pick for the Ravens would be picking up Odrick, Thomas, Cody or Gresham if they are still available.

If they went out on a limb, McCourty, Brandon Graham, or Dez Bryant falling to the Ravens is a possibility and something to look out for.

Other news in the draft?

The big name this year has been QB Sam Bradford. Now, keep in mind if he is chosen at first pick,  he’ll be the first of 255 picks that will be spread over three days and seven rounds.

Some interesting sports history of the common draft since 1967, there have only been 17 quarterbacks drafted number-one overall.  That includes nine of the last 12 drafts dating back to 1998.

But only three of them were Heisman winners: Carson Palmer (2003, Bengals); Vinny Testaverde (1987, Bucs); Jim Plunkett (1971, Pats). Could Bradford’s name be added to this list?

Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma are also among the most highly sought players in this years draft; a draft that is heavy with talented offensive and defensive linemen.

After the Rams, the next selections come from the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.

Draft wheeling and dealing can, has, and will throw up surprise choices from any teams; you can bet that trading slot positions will elicit both groans and cheers from fans decked out in their team colors these next few days.

So prepare, sports fans, for what is my favorite day and I am sure many of yours as well. Grab some red bull and enjoy the next three days as the excitement enfolds.

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One Response to “What you need to know for Draft Day for the 2010 NFL season”

  1. Tates Says:

    Did you get your homework done?

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